Fulham vs Norwich
Hugo Rodallega’s late header kept alive Fulham’s slim hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation last weekend when they beat Aston Villa 2-1. Fulham are currently 18th in the Premier League with 27 points; 5 points behind 17th placed Norwich.
Lewish Holtby provided the foundations for Fulham’s creative attacking play last weekend. Holtby made 11 attacking contributions (shots on target, assists, dribbles and clearances) bringing his season total to 49.
Steve Sidwell has scored 6 goals this season making him Fulham’s top scorer. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he has had 12 shots on target from a possible 30 in 33 appearances; that’s an accuracy of 40%.
Brede Hangeland will be crucial to Fulham’s defensive play this weekend. Hangeland was instrumental last weekend against Villa with 24 defensive contributions (tackles won, clearances, interceptions and blocks); bringing his season total to 210.
Norwich travel to Fulham this weekend in search of their first win without former manager Chris Hughton. Norwich are currently 17th in the Premier League with 32 points; 5 points clear of Fulham. Norwich can go 13th if they win and other results go their way.
Robert Snodgrass will play a vital role in Norwich’s campaign to stay in top flight football. The Scot made 4 attacking contributions (shots on target, assists, dribbles and crosses) last weekend and is currently the Canaries’ top scorer with 5 to his name. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he has a shot accuracy of 48% this season.
Nathan Redmond has also showed attacking promise this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that the 20 year old has made the most attacking contributions this season with 117. In addition, Redmond has completed 345 passes in the opposition half this season.
Sebastien Bassong will be called upon to contain Fulham’s attacking threats this weekend as the Londoners attempt to pile the pressure on 17th placed Norwich. Bassong has won 29 out of a possible 38 tackles this season and has made 288 defensive contributions (tackles won, clearances, blocks and interceptions).